Families Stories of Living with Depression

Date Posted

April 7, 2020



It’s often a challenge to find a way forward with depression treatment. Whether it’s because the person living with depression isn’t quite ready to accept help, information about options is hard to find, or payment issues, finding the right provider and the right treatment takes time and effort.

Constructive family support can help a person living with depression, whose thinking may be affected by the depression, to make informed decisions about treatment. Ideally, the person living with depression, their caregiver, and their provider will work together in sharing information to make decisions that factor in the person’s treatment goals, preferences, and priorities. Both research and practice indicate that using shared decision making – the collaborative process in which patient-centric treatment decisions are made through informed discussion among the person living with depression, their caregiver, and their provider – yields the best results for treatment. Learn more about shared decision making.

In these videos, you’ll see how different families have decided when professional care was needed, how they have found the treatment that works for them, and how they dealt with other challenges that arose during treatment.

Norma’s Story

Josette and Linda

Perry and Harold

Fonda and Wes

Emily and Lisa


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Families for Depression Awareness (FFDA) developed these videos with support from the Takeda-Lundbeck Alliance. Takeda Pharmaceuticals and Lundbeck were not involved in content development. The content and opinions expressed in these videos are solely those of FFDA and the families involved.